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An intelligence-based approach to airport screening
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An intelligence-based approach to airport screening

Good news from Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano: she and her people are moving toward an "intelligence-based" approach to how they screen travelers.

Ten years in, that seems like a terrific idea.

Unless of course you're Muslim. Or a Sikh. Or have a dark suntan. Or have spent any vacation during the past 20 years at a destination other than Disneyland (the one in California, not one 'a them furrin ones).

The problem with taking an "intelligence-based approach" to screening, of course, is the presumption of intelligence on the part of the screeners. And their bosses.

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

“We are moving towards an intelligence- and risk-based approach to how we screen.”

— Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano

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